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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:36 PM
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The best Count Dracula Movie EVER MADE! And I want to Buy, but the pound
vs. dollar makes it too hard. I even e-mailed the guy whose trying to seel this CLASSIC.....and I couldn't underestand his e-mail about what I had to go through to purchase it!

Here's the scoop. But, the Louis Jourdan, Dracula as a PBS Miniseries is the most "bone chilling, intellectual" Dracula version I've seen. And, I've been doing "searches" on it since I got "online" in 1996. But, I keep getting a Damned Runa Around! This was the most "EXCELLENT" version I've ever seen. And, being a "Count Dracula" fan, it's been hard for me to understand why this version has been "re-released" in the US from the BBC/Britch version. I can't go to Britain and order the damn thing in "pounds/vs/dollars," and the only guy selling it.....makes a BIG DEAL out of this.

If any DU'ers have access to Louis Jourdan's "Dracula," the miniseries, please PM me...We could work out a deal?

Count Dracula

Philip Saville/ 1977 / 2hrs 40 mins
Based on the novel by Bram Stoker

The BBCs lavish production returned to Stokers original novel in which Count
Dracula travels from Transylvania to England where he faces his nemesis,
Professor Van Helsing. A classic battle between good and evil ensues... but how
do you kill an opponent who is already dead?

2002 sees the 25th anniversary of possibly the eeriest, most erotic and highly
acclaimed screen versions of Dracula ever produced. Count Dracula was made by the
BBC in 1977 and featured movie icon, Louis Jourdan as literatures most transfixing
Transylvanian, supported by stars such as Frank Finlay, Jack Shephard, and Seventies
femme fatale, Susan Penhaligon.

Widely and loudly acclaimed upon broadcast, Count Dracula has spent a quarter of a
century in the crypts, but now it rises again to be released for the very first time on
DVD and video.

In 1977, Louis Jourdan commented, People will be expecting blood and fangs and they
will have all that. But our version is based on Bram Stokers book. A version of
Dracula that was based on the novel and not merely a re-hash of every vampire
adventure since Bela Lugosi first donned cape and scowl in 1931 was something of a
risk, but the reaction was universally positive: Bram Stokers original tale is back with
us, declared Michael Church in The Times, And with what panache. There was
scarcely a slack second in Gerald Savorys dramatization, and for a
two-and-a-half-hour blockbuster that is saying a lot.

James Thomas in The Daily Express was
equally enthusiastic: Spectacular
terrifying it certainly sent me to bed
shivering, as was Darren Slade, writing
in Talking Pictures: Lavish an unsung
classic an inventive and gripping
vampire movie, heavy with symbolism,
which makes the genre seem new
again Director Philip Savilles visuals
invest every shot with atmosphere the
production looks sumptuous.

As 2002 is the productions 25th anniversary it seemed an appropriate point to disinter
Count Dracula, but the timing is relevant for other reasons: the horror genre is again
on the ascendancy. The late nineties saw important productions such as The Blair
Witch Project and Sixth Sense serve to prove wrong those critics who had
prophesised that post-Scream horror would lose its ability to make an impact. More
recent examples such as Alejandro Amenbars The Others with Nicole Kidman and, to
a lesser extent, Dracula 2000 (aka Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000) continue to
indicate an enduring interest in this genre. Time then, to remind ourselves why Bram
Stokers immortal character has become an immortal icon within our culture; time to
salute the seminal Prince of Darkness; time, in short, to brave the raging storms and
our own quiet fears - to revisit that Gothic castle in Transylvania and meet, once
again, the original and still the best: Count Dracula.
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